Durham News: Community

Daybook: Aug. 10-13

Rock the pool with your best friend by your side during the annual Pooch Plunge Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hillside Pool on Sawyer Street. Yasmina Roque and her lab mix Leia participated in last year’s event.
Rock the pool with your best friend by your side during the annual Pooch Plunge Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hillside Pool on Sawyer Street. Yasmina Roque and her lab mix Leia participated in last year’s event. mschultz@newsobserver.com

Durham community events Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Aug. 13.


Farmers’ Market

The Durham Farmers’ Market, 501 Foster St., kicks off its celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week with a special event for children from 3-6 p.m. The market is open from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays. durhamfarmersmarket.com.

Blood donations

Blood donations can be made at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Drive, Suite 3: Mondays, 2:30-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2-7 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; fourth Sunday of the month, noon to 4:30 p.m. redcrossblood.org

Overeaters Anonymous

The Overeaters Anonymous Lunch Bunch meets at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Hospitality Room at Holy Infant Church, 5000 Southpark Drive, Durham. Open meeting. 919-937-9674

Durham Lions Club

The Durham Lions Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Durham Lions Club Scout Center, 1850 Hillandale Road. The meeting includes a buffet lunch, short business meeting and a speaker. Visitors and guests may attend. bit.ly/1NTfht2

Northgate Jams

Northgate Mall’s old-time, bluegrass and country jam sessions are 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays near the mall’s Center Court, 1058 W. Club Blvd. All musicians are welcome.


Back Porch Music

The Black Lillies headline Back Porch Music on the Lawn at 6 p.m. at the American Tobacco Amphitheater, 318 Blackwell St., Durham. The Jon Stickley Trio will open the free outdoor concert. Picnics, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Glass is prohibited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Upcoming concerts: Aug. 25: The Gibson Brothers with Hank, Pattie and the Current; Sept. 8: Dom Flemons Duo, the South Carolina Broadcasters. For more information, go to bit.ly/1qJmdU7.

Franchising seminar

The Durham Business and Professional Chain hosts the seminar “All About Franchising” from 6-8:30 p.m. at South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave. Local owners of African-American franchisees will share their knowledge and experiences. Free. Registration required; call 919-683-1047 or email durhambusinessprofessionalchain@frontier.com.

Recovery International

Recovery International meets from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursdays at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham. The meetings focus on improving emotional health issues. Open to the public. Suggested donation: $5. For more information, call 413-588-4472 or go to recoveryinternational.org or bit.ly/29TIYyx.


Outdoor pools close

Summer fun begins to wind down as Durham’s outdoor pools close for the season Friday, Aug. 12. Residents still can cool off for a while longer at the city’s free outdoor spraygrounds. Three locations are open until October: Forest Hills, 1639 University Drive; Edison Johnson, 500 W. Murray Ave.; and East End Park, 1200 N. Alston Ave. The sprayground at Hillside Pool closes Saturday, Aug. 13. The city’s indoor pools are open.

Birthday bash

The Museum of Life + Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., celebrates its 70th birthday with its Science at Sunset: Birthday Celebration from 5-8 p.m. Outdoor exhibits stay open late for the event, which also will feature food trucks, a beer tent, live music and children’s activities. Cost: $7. For more information, call 919-220-5429 or go to bit.ly/2aIJvEK.

Teen Lock-in

The lock-in starts with a pool party at Edison Johnson Aquatic Center at 7 p.m. The activities then move to Walltown Park Recreation Center and continue until 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Pizza, snacks, music, games, unlimited open gym time, guest speakers and a movie will be featured. Free. Bring a sleeping bag or stay up all night. For ages 13-18. Advance registration required. For more information and to register, call 919-560-4296 or go to bit.ly/2b0duqu.

Movies in the Park

Durham Cinematheque’s Movies in the Park series concludes its season with a screening of “Maybe You Should Quit” at 8:30 p.m. in Durham Central Park, 500 Foster St. Free; donations accepted. Bring a chair or blanket; picnics allowed. Canceled if raining. For more information: bit.ly/1WwPvTP.


Bird walk

The New Hope Audubon Society hosts a bird walk beginning at 7 a.m. in front of the Oak Creek Village Shopping Center, 4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. Birders of all skill levels may attend. Bring snacks and water. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Jim Capel at jim.capel@mindspring.com.

Pooch Plunge

Rock the pool with your best friend by your side during the annual Pooch Plunge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hillside Pool, 1221 Sawyer St.

Dogs must be accompanied by at least one handler 18 years old or older; two-dog maximum. Dogs also must meet the minimum vaccination requirements for Durham dog parks. Free for dog owners. Fees for dogs range from $5-$11. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 14, same time. Registration required. For more information, call 919-560-4355 or go to bit.ly/2aNbPID or bit.ly/2asIaAP.

Baseball card exhibit

Baseball Card Family Day is from 2-5:30 p.m. at the Durham History Hub, 500 W. Main St. Free viewing of highlights of the two-part exhibit “Durham and the Rise of the Baseball Card” on display at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Museum of Durham History. The event also will feature live music, food and drink vendors, children’s activities, a misting tent and an appearance by Wool E. Bull. For more information, go to bit.ly/2azWpTf.

‘Field of Hope’

The Durham Bulls and UNC-Rex Healthcare fundraiser for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is Saturday, Aug. 13. Special “Field of Hope” tickets are $12.99, with $5 of each ticket sold going to the fund. Cancer survivors will be recognized during the game, a mobile mammography unit will be on site and a raffle will be held. The game, against the Charlotte Knights, starts at 6:35 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St. For more information, go to bit.ly/2aApDqo.

Durham Chess Club

The Durham Chess Club meets for casual chess from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays at the North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. Sets, boards and instructions are provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 919-479-7020, cconero@aol.com


▪ An art and food truck market is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at 214 Hunt St. facebook.com/HuntStMarket

▪ The Durham Farmers’ Market continues its celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week with a presentation by chef Ben Adams of Picnic restaurant from 10-11 a.m. The market also is participating in a national social media contest: #LoveMyMarket and #DFMLove. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at 501 Foster St., in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. durhamfarmersmarket.com

▪ The Durham Roots Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays near Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham.

▪ The South Durham Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center at 5410 N.C. Highway 55.

Please send announcements two weeks before your event to durham@newsobserver.com.